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Encores and Curtain Calls
Rehearsal photo by Merritt Brown
“Copenhagen” won the 1998 Evening Standard of London Award for Best Play of the Year and the 2000 Tony, Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics Circle awards.

Encores & Curtain Calls: The Little Theater that Could

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

“The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy, but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness.” — Niels Bohr The Actors Theatre Playhouse is fast becoming “The Little Theater That Could.” Housed in a relatively minuscule space in West Chesterfield, N.H., a few miles across the river from Brattleboro, Vt., it has recently mustered the … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Opportunities worthy of grasping

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My life flows on in endless song; Above earth’s lamentation I hear the sweet though far off hymn That hails a new creation: Through all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing? — Robert Lowry Alas, it … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Old Deerfield Sunday Afternoon Concert

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. — Plato The Aug. 17 Old Deerfield Sunday Afternoon Concert brings the return of sopranos Lisa Woods (mezzo) and Terry LaFleur (stratospheric) — sometimes solo and other times in glorious two-part harmony — … 0

Flute: a uniquely poignant voice

Thursday, August 8, 2013

“When Krishna plays the flute the whole world is filled with love. Rivers stop, stones are illumined, lotus flowers tremble; gazelles, cows, and birds are entranced; demons and ascetics enchanted.” — The Bhagavata-Purana Aside from the historical venue of its Memorial Museum music room, set amidst garden-like outdoor … 0

Joseph may have been a tad hasty

Thursday, August 1, 2013

“Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun.” — Kent Nerburn All right — so, just maybe, I was in danger of slightly exaggerating the … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: ‘Duck Soup’

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Ambassador Trentino: I am willing to do anything to prevent this war. Rufus T. Firefly: It’s too late. I’ve already paid a month’s rent on the battlefield. Alright, listen up: in an effort to foil a plan by the neighboring Sylvania to take over her own Freedonia, the … 0

Summer is almost over, honest

Thursday, July 18, 2013

We’re at that mysterious Maginot line just now where the summer is well under way, and yet we feel there’s still plenty of summer left us. The rains have come (and come, and come and come) and gone; July 4th’s festivities and fireworks have fizzled and are behind … 0

Glorious madness at The Met

Thursday, July 11, 2013

“Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all man’s faculties, and it is manifested in all high artistic achievements.” — Giacomo Puccini The final of Giacomo Puccini’s incomparably beautiful creations, “Turandot,” displays this abidingly intimate, exquisitely delicate composer at his most unrestrained and resplendent. It’s a fabulous — … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls

Thursday, July 4, 2013

“Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”  — Henry James Now’s the time to start circling summer music dates for July and August; having kicked off last week, the Old Deerfield Sunday Afternoon concerts will … 0

The elusive creature called harmony

Thursday, June 27, 2013

If melody is the defining profile and identity of a piece of music (would any of us recognize “Let It Be” or “The Star Spangled Banner” if it were left out?), harmony is its lifeblood, its emotional heart. The proof: play or sing any great tune, such as … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls

Thursday, June 20, 2013

“I only sing in the shower. I would join a choir, but I don’t think my bathtub can hold that many people.” — Jarod Klintz Choral singing — a merely pleasant, but marginal pasttime? Banish the thought. To set the record straight, get a load of this, from … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: ‘Faure Requiem’

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Several decades ago, I was fortunate enough to hear performance of the “Faure Requiem” under the direction of Blanche Moyse, who for many years was a founding member and director of the Marlboro Music Festival in the Brattleboro, Vt., concert choir. The music was — in short — … 0

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

“Look! You want to see? See! Feast your eyes, glut your soul on my cursed ugliness! Look at Erik’s face! Now you know the face of the voice! You were not content to hear me, eh? You wanted to know what I looked like? Oh, you women are … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls

Thursday, May 30, 2013

“The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers; Little we see in Nature that is ours; We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!”  — Henry Wordsworth  A dark cinema screen: a deep monk-like voice, layered upon itself, ominously chanting … 0

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

“It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature and everlasting beauty of monotony. — Benjamin Britten The official consensus on Benjamin … 0